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How to deal with asbestos from soil on site (awareness trng)

This awareness course is aimed at workers operating on brownfield sites where there is potential for asbestos exposure: whether through site investigation, redevelopment of brownfield sites, or work on site where buildings have been demolished. The training is based on the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for 'information, instruction and training' and the guidance in CIRIA report C765 ‘Asbestos in soil and made ground - good practice site guide’ and CARSoil 2016. The course is approved by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and follows their Asbestos in Soils Awareness syllabus (A0145). Further training is required for operatives who will intentionally disturb asbestos affected soils as part of their work.

Asbestos is toxic and a class 1 carcinogen known to cause serious illnesses such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis; and yet for many decades it was widely used in concrete, roofs etc. in the UK.  Currently in the UK, about 5500 workers die of asbestos related disease every year. Poor disposal practices, demolition and other anthropogenic processes have resulted in asbestos often being present in the ground, particularly on brownfield sites.

Dealing with asbestos on site is a complex problem. Ground workers and site staff who are involved in drilling or other operations which disturb the ground or soil are often on the ‘first line of fire’ as they potentially contained asbestos.  

This training course will highlight guidance in the new CIRIA report C765 Asbestos in soil and made ground good practice site guide  and also help practitioners to assess and develop knowledge regarding hazard and risk posed by soil and ground on sites that contain asbestos contaminated materials and can be counted as ‘awareness training’ under CAR 2012.

Why attend? 
This workshop will provide practical guidance on how to deal with asbestos on site and explain:
  • the properties of asbestos and its effects on health
  • the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and ACMs in soil
  • the general procedures to be followed to deal with an emergency
  • how to avoid the risks from asbestos from soil
  • how to comply with Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 when dealing with asbestos on site
  • how to decide whether the work is ‘Licensed and non-licensed’ and actions needed


09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:15 Asbestos Awareness Module
Properties, risks & health effects of asbestos
Types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos & ACM’s
How to avoid the risks from asbestos

12:30 15 question examination

12:45 Lunch

13:30 Asbestos Awareness Soils Module
Origins of asbestos in soils
Identification of asbestos in soils
Soil disturbance
Remediation options

16:30 15 question examination

16:45 Summary & close

Cecilia Macleod and Duncan Gibb of WYG

Who should attend? 
Contractors, Consultants, Ground workers, Regulators 

CIRIA offices, Griffin Court, 
15 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9PN

7 September 2017
09.00 - 16.45

CIRIA's Local Authority Contaminated Land (LACL) and CIRIA's Brownfield Risk Management Forum (BRMF) members 
£250 + VAT for all other attendees 

If you are experiencing issues trying to register for this event please contact Patrick Williams on 020 7549 3300 or email [email protected]
CIRIA Griffin Court 15 Long Lane LONDON EC1A 9PN

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